An elderly woman, who was admitted to hospital with a hip problem, died after "huge errors" were made by staff, an inquest has heard. 

"Well loved" mother and grandmother Koshalaya Sawhney died on January 18 last year at Darent Valley Hospital after suffering a "massive" stroke and falling into a coma.

Mrs Sawhney, 85, of Bowness Road, Bexleyheath, had been taken to A and E on January 7 with a locked hip that left her unable to move.

Her daughter, Viniti Seabrooke, told North West Kent Coroners' Court, prior to going to hospital, her mother did not have any major health problems.

Mrs Seabrooke, who is a medical researcher, said: "My mum was extremely proud and self-sufficient. 

"She lived on her own and did not have any help with personal care. 

"She had some health issues but they were not unmanageable and not life-threatening."

After Mrs Sawhney was seen at A and E, she was kept in hospital because doctors could not mobilise her.


However during her stay she was given new medications after developing a urinary infection and suffering from constipation.  

It was the hospital's failure to monitor these, which were given to her alongside her regular medication - including anticoagulant Warferin, that caused Mrs Sawhney's blood to thin to extreme levels, causing her to suffer a brain haemorrhage on January 13, the coroner heard.

This was despite warning signs that included bruising on her forearms and deteriorating vision.

Mrs Seabrooke said: "On Monday 13 we got a phone call saying mum was ill and unresponsive.

"We were informed that mum had had a massive stroke.

"I was very unhappy. I was desperately unhappy. My mum had no history of strokes.

"As a family we were absolutely devastated.

"There were huge, huge numbers of discrepancies in her treatment. Huge errors in the medication being given."

Mrs Sawhney fell into a coma and died five days later, on January 18.

While in a coma, the court heard, the hospital's failure to provide satisfactory care continued - pumping her full of fluids but providing her with inadequate levels of glucose - meaning she had no nutrition.

Mrs Seabrooke described the hospital's failure as "a deliberate attempt to hasten my mum's death".

She added: "If she had been given the chance to recover she could still be alive today.

"It's a huge issue that needs to be looked into."

The inquest continues.